Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” – David Kolb, 1984

Experiential Learning Theory, developed by David Kolb beginning in the 1980s, posits that learning is most effective when it includes some active component of experiencing, followed by reflection, conceptualizing, and application (Kolb, A. and Kolb, D., 2018). This is summarized nicely in the below diagram of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle:

The University of Western Ontario released its Experiential Learning Typology and Principles in 2019, which defines Experiential Learning (EL) as follows:

Experiential learning (EL) is an approach that educators use to intentionally connect learners with practical experiences that include guided reflection. EL allows learners to: increase and apply disciplinary knowledge, develop transferable skills, clarify interests and values, strengthen career engagement and employability, and collaborate meaningfully with communities”.

More information on Experiential Learning at Western can be found here.

Experiential Learning can take many forms. Follow the links below to learn more about how King’s is implementing Experiential Learning to help students “Be, Become, and Belong”.

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